Stephen Jackson says that Giannis needs to stop diminishing teammates like Khris Middleton by not considering the Bucks to be a superteam.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have accomplished something that hasn’t been done in 15 years: win four straight games after going down 0-2 in the NBA Finals. Despite Devin Booker going for 40 points in back-to-back games and Chris Paul having a relatively decent first Finals, Khris Middleton and company pulled away in 6.
The amount of records that Giannis set and/or broke during this Finals run of his is flat out astounding. He was borderline a one-man show with random appearances from Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday here and there in a couple games.
Following the Game 6 victory, the ‘Greek Freak’ took to his media availability to rave about how great he felt for winning the chip in Milwaukee and not leaving for a superteam. “I could go to a superteam but this is the hard way to do it, and we did it. We f**king did it,” said Giannis.
Stephen Jackson strongly disagrees with Giannis on the Bucks not being a superteam.
Much has been said about how much Giannis’s 2021 ring means in comparison to rings won by LeBron James in Miami or Kevin Durant in Golden State. Fans claim that this title by the Bucks means more than those due to the fact that both James and Durant were undoubtedly on superteams and didn’t take the hard way to claim one.
Stephen Jackson, on First Things First, strongly disagreed with Giannis’s aforementioned statement about the Bucks not being a superteam. “Giannis is on a superteam. The Bucks have Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton. Don’t diminish your teammates.”
“Giannis is on a Superteam. The Bucks have Jrue Holiday and a closer in Khris Middleton. … You have a Superteam — you might not have super names, but don’t diminish your teammates.” — @DaTrillStak5 pic.twitter.com/v8tgggzMP2
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) July 21, 2021
Superteams usually consist of two bonafide superstars and a 3rd All-Star. The latter part of that dynamic could be an All-Star or even a third superstar. The Nets are currently the closest to this approximation with Kyrie, Harden, and Durant at the helm. If the Lakers were to add a third star, such as Kyle Lowry, to the mix, they would also be considered a superteam.
The Bucks however, are most certainly not ne as they merely surrounded the Greek native with stars and role players that compliment him as best as they could.